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New leaders needed to run Parbrook Cubs

A new chapter for Parbrook Cubs

At Parbrook Cubs we have been very fortunate in recent years to have a stable leadership team supported by our young leaders and parents. However, things change and as children get older and move sections some of our regular helpers go with them. The end of this term sees us saying goodbye to Keego (Gemma) and we have already lost Bagheera (Jane) from our regular meetings. Next term we will see a number of the older Cubs moving up to Scouts, taking their parents with them. This includes Akela. Fortunately Akela and Jacala have agreed to stay on until Christmas so that they can provide some continuity and assistance to the new leaders that will take the pack forward into 2019. We are now urgently looking for those new leaders to run things, either to help from September or to take over in January.

Akela said “I joined Parbrook when Max started and running our programme has been great fun. However, now that Poppy is too old for Cubs I need to support my family in their new activities. Cubs has been great for all of the family but you do need a team of leaders to run things properly and avoid it all falling to one person. Everybody is busy these days but we hope that by taking their turn on the rota or even helping at camps our new parents will see what a great pack they have joined and will be able to contribute to its running.

Jacala said “when I moved to Billingshurst in 2006, Parbrook Cubs had just 7 members. Since then, working with a great team of leaders, we have built the pack up into the success that it is today. However, as many of you know, the commute from London makes committing to an 1830 start a bit tricky and although I love the website, social media and planning side of things I cannot step back up to run meetings single handed. Running things with Nick W has shown how important it is to have connections to parents e.g. via the school, as catching people face to face is so much better than just sending e-mails that people don’t always read. Having received my 30 years of service to Scouting award last year I am finding that coming up with new ideas for our programme is getting difficult and I don’t want to get into a rut or be the person that stops change because “we always do it that way”. The pack desperately needs an injection of new ideas and skills to take it forward and I don’t want to hold them back. Whoever steps up will find a generous balance in the bank thanks to our Easyfundraising and a cupboard full of camping equipment including our new tents. The building blocks are there, we just need the new people.

Sadly we know that e-mail appeals like this rarely result in anybody stepping up to fill the gap and so we plan to run next term with a parents rota. We will allocate two parents to each week and hope that you will be able to support us. Feel free to swap your weeks amongst yourselves if you find yourself unable to do the week we have suggested. Our currently advertised camps in August and September will go ahead as planned and as usual we welcome extra adult helpers at camp – especially in September.

If you would like to know more please discuss with any of our leaders or contact Zoe, our Group Scout Leader. For those that say that they would like to help but cannot manage a Tuesday evening there is good news. We have lots of behind the scenes roles that are still important but don’t have to involve a Tuesday evening. Have a look at our join us page for ideas of roles available.

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Pack meeting: end of term at Nowhurst, Tue 24 Jul

We’ll end the Summer Term in our traditional way with an evening at Nowhurst camp site. We hope that other family members and friends of the pack will come along to join us at the camp fire.

When: Our last pack meeting this term will take place on Tuesday 24 July. We’ll start at 6.30pm as usual but end at 8.30pm.

Where: We will be using  the Spider Site at Nowhurst Camp Site near Broadbridge Heath.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Once you turn onto Nowhurst Lane you will find that access is via a narrow road (see site map). Please be considerate to other users including parents that may be leaving the site as you arrive. The site entrance is signed and is the second turn on the left – it is always tempting to go up the first road but please resist! A one way system operates through the camp site. Please enter by the first entrance and then leave the car park by the exit. We are using the Spider site but you will need to leave your car in the central car park and carry your gear to the site. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow lanes so please drive carefully.

What: We’ll start the evening by collecting firewood and then our helpers will build the fire while we have a wide game. We’ll then present some awards before we end the evening with a camp fire.

Who: We hope to see all our Cubs but also extend an invitation to other family members (who must be accompanied by an adult who retains responsibility for them) and friends of our pack.

Cost: There is no charge for attending this event

Bring: You must arrive at camp in your uniform top (Cub t-shirt is fine) and scarf. Bring a folding chair to use at the camp fire. Check the weather forecast before you come in case other clothing is required, e.g. waterproof top. We’ll have some squash and biscuits later in the evening and hopefully some toasted marshmallows but please bring the usual water bottle in case you need a top up after running about in the woods.

Insect bites: The Spider site has a pond nearby and, as we found at our camp in June, the insects can be rather hungry. If you are targetted by such creatures we suggest using some insect repellent before you come.

Previous camps: We visit Nowhurst regularly and you can search for our reports from Nowhurst events online.

Report: pack meeting – pioneering

For our pack meeting on 22 May 2018 we brought in the experts to help us with a spot of pioneering.

In record time the Cubs had lashed together the poles and the bridge was taking shape. The whole pack managed to cross the bridge before it was dismantled and the field returned to normal.

We are very grateful to Chris and Dave for running this activity for us.

Click the album to see more pictures from the event

Once in the photo album remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions. Thanks to Jacala for the pictures.

Report: Pack meeting at Brinsbury

On 13 March 2018 we took our pack meeting to Stablebarn Farm which is part of Brinsbury College.

After getting changed into their overalls and welly boots the Cubs were able to visit the shed to see the sheep and lambs. This is the third year that we have visited Brinsbury but the first time we have actually seen lambs being born.

 

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Thanks to Akela for the pictures

Welcome to the summer term 2018

After such a long period of wet and cold weather we are hoping that things will improve as we start the Summer Term. As usual we have a packed programme of activities to enjoy on a Tuesday evening. You can download your copy from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. We are hoping to be outside on the field as much as we can so don’t forget to bring your water bottles if you think that you might need them. Do make sure that they have a name on and try to remember to take them home again at the end of the evening as we always seem to have some left.

St Georges Day Parade

With St George being the patron saint of Scouting we always celebrate his day which is of course 23 April. This year the District has decided to do something a bit different so we have been invited to attend an event at Parham House near Storrington. After a short service and the important renewal of the Promises there will be an afternoon of activities to try out. Pop along to the website for more details – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/event-stg18/ and don’t forget to let us know if you plan to attend by registering through My Scout.

Jamboree on the trail

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail. This will be the sixth year that we have taken part and our event will follow the usual format. We invite Cubs and their families (and well behaved dogs) to join us for a walk in the South Downs on Saturday 12 May. We will start from Whiteways Car Park and then follow the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way on a circular walk. We will have more details online shortly and you will can register through My Scout. There is no charge for taking part and everybody can earn a commemorative Jamboree on the Trail 2018 blanket badge

Spider camp

Our camp this term will be at Nowhurst which is near Broadbridge Heath. We will be sleeping in tents on the weekend of 9-11 June. Despite just being 15 minutes away it is a secluded spot that we always enjoy visiting. We already have 13 names on our guest list but there is plenty of room for more. You can find details at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/nowhurst18/ and register through My Scout. Don’t forget that the camp fees are due before camp.

Summer camp

We have been delighted with the response to Summer Camp at Downe which takes place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August. The number of campers we can take is restricted by the size of groups that the campsite will take for activities. We have now filled the 12 places that we have available. Details are on the website at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/event-downe18/ and camp fees should be paid before camp.

Weekend camp at Stedham

Our final tent camp of the year will be at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. We will have more information about this camp online nearer the time but you can register via My Scout if you would like to reserve a place. Camp will take place over the weekend of 21-23 September

Come and help us at our camps

We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. We are particularly short of helpers to assist Marian in the kitchen. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments – you don’t even have to camp as you can visit for the day. Have a look at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/join-us/#adults for a bit more detail and have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

Billingshurst Show

The annual parade and show takes place on Sunday 24 June. With some of our leaders away that weekend we are looking for a couple of parents to volunteer to coordinate our involvement. We have a place in the parade if we want it but, as we have seen in recent years, it is very hard to find anybody that has a vehicle that we can use. This means that if we are going to take part at all then we will be walking which reduces options. We also need to run a stall on the field in the afternoon and have been given a target of raising at least £50. If you would be able to help us run our part of the show or have any ideas please let me know. Without parent help we will not be able to take part in the parade.

Easyfundraising

We are grateful to all of you that support our Easyfundraising when you shop online. With the donation reminder toolbar all you have to do is click to confirm that you’d like us to receive a donation when you shop at a participating site. We have now received the final payment for 2017 and raised just over £250. This is a bit down when compared to last year but still allows us to subsidise our camps and trips. If you don’t already support us then pop along to https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ to find out more and sign up at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/. So easy, why not?

Don’t forget to let us know if you can help with our camps or the Billingshurst Show

Nick Wainewright, Akela